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Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy

Additional Pages:
OT Job Description
Occupational Therapist Evaluation
Occupational Therapy Referral Checklist
OT/PT Data Sheet Example
Physical Development Checklist: Gross Motor
Physical Development Checklist: Fine Motor
Sample Gross Motor Skills Development Checklist
School-Age Checklist: OT/PT Services (5-12 Years)
Adapted Sensory Processing Disorder Checklist



  When you have a disability, knowing that you are not defined by it is the sweetest feeling.

- In My Dreams I Dance, Autobiography by Anne Wafula Strike 





Occupational and Physical Therapy services are included in the “related service” provided by the IDEA. The intent for the provision of occupational and physical therapy is to ensure that an eligible child who requires these services in order to benefit from special education receives the needed services.

Referrals for occupational and/or physical therapy services are made through the IEP process and require a physician’s order prior to evaluation. Evaluations and any related service recommendations are based on the individual student’s IEP goals and objectives. Occupational and/or physical therapy services will address functional school-related goals in the least restrictive environment.

Occupational and/or physical therapy services may include, but not limited to: staff training, teacher/staff consultation, team meetings, student contacts, and provision of adaptive equipment. The focus of occupational therapy is generally fine and visual/perceptual motor, sensory motor, independence with self-help skills, organizational skills, handwriting and alternatives, and adaptive equipment needs within the school setting. The focus of physical therapy is generally on functional mobility, positioning, an accessibility as well as provision and consultation related to the use of adaptive equipment and mobility devices within the school environment. Occupational and/or physical therapy services are provided within the school environment.



Occupational and/or physical therapy, as a related service, provides identified students with individualized educationally-based evaluations and interventions. Through collaboration, education, and communication with all team members (including parents), our goal is to increase a student’s functional independence; and contribute to a student’s positive transition into adult life.

The occupational and physical therapy department as a related service believes our role is to:

  1. Foster the student’s potential for functional independence and learning so they may successfully transition into adulthood.

  2. Provide identified students with educationally based therapeutic interventions

  3. Acknowledge and validate each student’s unique strengths, needs, and desires

  4. Educate, collaborate, and communicate with parents, students, teachers, administrators, support staff, and community regarding occupational and/or physical therapy

  5. Maintain professional excellence at all times





Julie Ennis, Occupational Therapist (jennis@jcboe.net)

Dandridge Elementary, Maury Middle School, Mt. Horeb Elementary, White Pine School


Abby Green, Occupational Therapist (agreen@jcboe.net

Jefferson Elementary Developmental Preschool, Jefferson Middle School, Piedmont Elementary, Rush Strong School


Diane Overhiser, Occupational Therapist  (doverhiser@jcboe.net)

Jefferson Elementary, New Market Elementary, Talbott Elementary 


Leanne Gregg, Physical Therapist  (lgregg@jcboe.net)  County-wide



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